Do you have a kiddo who loves to build? Then these build toys are going to truly wow them!
Being the mom of boys, I knew build toys were in our future when they were little. But I had no idea just how much my boys would go gaga over toys that they can build with. It’s an obsession, folks. (Sounds a little bit familiar, doesn’t it?)
Well, I’m sharing some of the great build toys around to help you in your quest to finding the right gift and keeping your building buddy busy! This post contains affiliate links.
Build Toys for Kids Who Love to Build
We recently attended the amazingly awesome Brick by Brick exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It’s all about the physics of architecture using LEGOs. You have to see it to believe it.
But it got me thinking… LEGOs are so amazing. what other build toys are there that my boys love (or would love)?
Playmags 100-Piece Clear Colors Magnetic Tiles Deluxe Building Set with Car & Bonus Bag: These tactile, colorful translucent Magna-Tiles are sized just right and easy to use, whether creating designs on a flat surface or building in 3-D. basic shapes are learned through play. Magna-Tiles develops patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills. use them for guided activities or hours of open-ended fun and exploration. They will work well alone or together with the solid colored Magna-Tiles to make windows, skylights, etc. perfect for classrooms and multi-child play.
Twig (72 Piece Set): The award-winning building set that offers freedom of exploring the-inside-and-the-out of fun designing. Gratifying for your hands. Exuberant mental play! Precise shapes, vibrant colors, natural wood. Interactivity of 72 pieces for limitless open-ended play & masterworks!
Kids First Intro to Engineering Kit: Intro to Engineering welcomes young children to the field of engineering with 25 experiments and building projects in five sections. By engaging in hands-on activities, children will learn how engineers apply their scientific and technical knowledge to design machines and devices. Start by learning some engineering basics with experiments on levers, forces, and pulleys. Build simple devices using these basic components. With a 48-page guidebook, Intro to Engineering teaches engineering fundamentals with step-by-step, hands-on experiments and building projects.
Fat Brain Toys Joinks- Building Kit: Flex, connect, build, play – JOINK! Colorfully constructed, brilliantly designed, Joinks engage the fingers and mind in a fantastic building experience. Fun to say, and even better to play, Joinks attracts inventors of all ages. From playroom to universities, toddler to teacher, simple to complex, Joinks designs are wide and diverse. Wooden dowels join easily with quality 100% silicone connectors. One simple push and the dowels sit tight for a secure fit. Time for de-construction? One simple pull and “POP” the silicone slides off with a delightful sound. Curious building has found its match.
TINKERTOY 30 Model Super Building Set: Build anything with your favorite TINKERTOY parts! 200 TINKERTOY pieces including: spools, rods, flags, washers, end caps and more. Instruction sheet with building tips for 20 building ideas, Plus 10 bonus builds online.
LINCOLN LOGS 100th Anniversary Tin: Celebrate 100 years of Lincoln Logs with this nostalgic set, just like you remember! Inspired by an originalLincoln Logs building idea, the 100% made in the USA 100th Anniversary Tin captures the true essence of theLincoln Logs brand.
ThinkFun Maker Studio – Gears Building Kit: Designed by engineers for budding engineers, Maker Studio Construction Sets inspire imagination! Use this set to transform ordinary objects (like boxes) into working, kinetic inventions. Once built, put your creative-thinking skills to the test and use your creations to complete engineering challenges.
Starter Series Race Car: Race to the finish line in the Eitech Race Car Metal Building Kit! Develop three dimensional thinking that promotes creativity, learning skills and fun. Basic construction sets are perfect for beginners or those looking to brush up on their building skills. All pieces are made of high-quality steel.
IKOS Spherical Building Blocks: The Ikos 3D Building Toy Creator Pack is a great way to get started with IKOS. Each pack includes 26 IKO pieces. You can choose the color you would like or select random assortment to get a mix of different colored IKO pieces.
Block Builders: Discover your inner architect as you fold and unfold the distinctively hinged blocks. Assemble in unexpected ways (some pieces open and some closed) to reveal striking architectural wonders. Visualize, conceptualize, & realize design innovations – by solving the 50 challenge puzzles using only the blocks indicated!
Fat Brain Toys Squigz- Starter Set Building Kit: Squigz are fun little suckers! Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and the fun rushes in! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface – Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity. Once they take hold, it takes some pull to separate them. When Squigz POP! in protest – you’ll have to admit. your hands and ears are shamelessly delighted! They are flexible fellows and committed joiners. Squigz and fellow Squigz have one chief enterprise – creating things.
ThinkFun Brick by Brick: This engrossing puzzle contains five pieces that look like red bricks attached in different configurations. The object is to arrange the pieces to form cut-out wall sections of different shapes (pyramid-like, V-shaped, and so on). Athough the accompanying cards that display different designs is highly entertaining, feel free to experiment. By the time you’ve made your way through the stack, it’s unlikely you’ll memorize most of the solutions, so there’s plenty of mileage in this activity.
KEVA Brain Builders Game: Approach KEVA from a whole new angle! Full-color cards include a 2-D building challenge on one side and the solution on the other. Manipulate your KEVA planks to successfully duplicate the balance, proportion, composition and geometry featured on each card. Includes 20 KEVA planks, 30 double-sided cards and instructions in a zippered carrying case.
Need more ideas for build toys? If you’re just in love with LEGOs, why not up your game?!?!